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The University of Texas at Dallas took the top prize at the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition, a project of the Eller College of Management. Undergraduate students from 28 universities in the U.S. and Canada converged upon Tucson for the 12th annual event Oct. 23-25, which tasked student teams with providing a detailed analysis of corporate inversion, the practice of a company acquiring a foreign firm and then relocating its corporate headquarters abroad to take advantage of favorable tax rates.

 “Congratulations to this year’s winners, and we applaud all who participated for their efforts,” said Paul Melendez, professor of practice and founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics at the Eller College. “No matter what their placement, we hope the students who competed felt challenged and learned about corporate social responsibility.”

Indiana University took second place, Stetson University took third place and the University of Alberta (Canada) took fourth place. Regional runners up included Concordia University (Canada), University of Vermont, University of Washington and Simon Fraser University (Canada). The United States Naval Academy brought home the Stephanie Chance “Bright Line” Essay Award.

Adriana Kong Romero, Bank of America Tucson market president, was among the competition’s panel of professional judges. “The students of today will be our leaders of tomorrow, so it’s crucial to support the teaching and promotion of ethics in business. It’s been a privilege to support this competition both personally and professionally. This is an important partnership for Bank of America, because we are investing in future business leaders of Tucson and around the country,” Romero said.

Bank of America has been sponsoring the UA Eller College Ethics Case Competition for five years. Other major sponsors include Walgreens, Ernst & Young, Altria, Hewlett Packard, Vanguard and Merchants Information Solutions.

Top photo of the University of Texas at Dallas team, Katherine Huston and Lewis Warne, by Eller College.